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By BO Staff Writer
Evo Morales, representing the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) party, has won 47.07 % of the vote with 99.99 % of the votes counted thus far in the presidential elections. This has thrust him 10 % above his nearest rival, Carlos Mesa, who obtained 36.51 % of the votes. Mesa is the candidate of the Citizen Community (CC) party.
On Thursday the Supreme Electoral Court (TSE) indicated that only 0.01 percent of ballots are left to count. This means that Morales has officially won the Presidency of Bolivia, and he has been accordingly ratified as such.
In the previous three elections Morales won 53.72 % in 2005; 64.22 % in 2009; and 63.36 % in 2014 with of the ballots.
In terms of the electoral law of Bolivia a candidate needs 50 % plus 1, alternatively 40 % with a 10 % lead on the next rival, to win. Since Morales has been declared President of Bolivia in the first round there will be no need for a second round of elections.
This is a huge victory which demonstrates the loyal support of the Bolivian people for the leadership of Morales. In the meantime numerous congratulatory messages have already begun to stream in from Sunday, from various progressive entities. This is so because Morales had enjoyed a 10-point lead of 46.86 % against 36.73 % obtained by the U.S. backed opposition leader Carlos Mesa, at that time.
The third place in the elections is occupied by the Presbyterian pastor, Chi Hyun Chung of the Christian Democratic Party, who won 8.78 % of the vote.